Mueller: "We are rethinking all facets of urban mobility with "˜Futures of Mobility.'"


For the Volkswagen Group, e- mobility, autonomous driving, digital networking of all road users and new mobility services are key levers for making mobility in cities more efficient, cleaner and more livable.


The Group will be investing more than €34 billion in these future technologies by 2022. "We want to redefine urban mobility, and to that end we are systematically focusing on people and their needs , and not primarily on technology", the Volkswagen Group CEO, Matthias Mueller, said at the traditional Group Media Night on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show.

According to UNO forecasts, almost 70% of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050. More than 80% of global GDP is generated in cities. Mobility is a key enabling factor. On the other hand, air quality, congested streets, traffic jams, and partly outdated infrastructure are some of the challenges that must be solved.

"The future of mobility lies first and foremost in cities and metropolitan areas. That is where the most pressing problems are to be found "“ and where both the need and the potential for change are at their greatest", Mueller said: "If we want to preserve the freedom of individual mobility, then we have to say goodbye to many things we associate with driving today. We must rethink and redefine mobility. And we will be stepping up our efforts in this regard even further."

"Future Heads" face the future beyond 2030

There are fundamental differences between the world's metropolitan areas. To come up with solutions for future individual mobility tailored as precisely as possible to the different needs, a team at Volkswagen Group Research made up of some 200 experts from all departments and brands works on the most important trends and scenarios. These "Future Heads" take a look into the future of individual mobility "“ in the year 2030 and far beyond.

In San Francisco, for example, electric vehicles will spread rapidly thanks to a tech-savvy, eco-friendly population. Some 130 million people will already live in the Beijing metropolitan area in 2030, and they will need dedicated expressways for autonomous vehicles. Passenger drones could even take people to their destination in the more distant future. And in Mumbai with its chronically overloaded transport system, innovative rapid buses, e-mobility zones and new shared mobility concepts will bring relief.

Partnerships with cities as an incubator for individual mobility solutions

The findings from the "Futures of Mobility" project are put to pragmatic use in planning and developing future products and services from the Volkswagen Group. The company sees itself as a partner for cities. A wide range of very different projects and services are developed, tested and implemented under dozens of city partnerships "“ from Barcelona to Stockholm, from Somerville in the U.S. to Shanghai.

The mobility partnership with the Hanseatic City of Hamburg illustrates how diverse these activities are. Just a few days ago, 50 e-Golf1 were handed over to members of the public, entrepreneurs and authorities there. MAN is trialing the use of autonomous trucks in the Port of Hamburg and on selected highway sections. The VW brand will be launching its "WeDeliver" service in Hamburg, too. MOIA will begin testing its ride pooling service in the city this year, using an all-electric 6-seater shuttle developed in-house. Initially, the fleet in Hamburg will comprise 200 vans. Looking to the future, up to 1,000 MOIA shuttles could take to the roads in Hamburg. Plans for other cities are in the pipeline.

"CarLa" "“ the first charging robot for electric automobiles

Together with the automation specialist Kuka, the Volkswagen Group presented "CarLa", the first mobile charging robot for automobiles, at the Group Media Night. Such fully automated service robots for use both in public spaces and at home will make a key contribution to boosting the acceptance of e-mobility. "CarLa" automatically begins charging the vehicle once it has been parked "“ preferably autonomously. With this joint project the two companies are demonstrating how charging can function fast, simply and autonomously. And "CarLa" has the potential to become the industry standard. Both companies plan to extend the research cooperation to the pilot production stage.

"People will only accept this technology if they can charge their vehicles quickly, easily and conveniently. I am convinced that the future belongs to service robots like "˜CarLa'. And I am delighted that Kuka and the Volkswagen Group are the trailblazers", Mueller said.

E-mobility picking up speed in all segments

The Volkswagen Group wants to help e-mobility achieve the breakthrough in all segments. The company already has 8 electric cars and plug-in hybrids in its program. They will be joined this year by the Audi e-tron, the brand's first electric SUV with a range of 500 kilometers. The Porsche Mission E and the first VW I.D. will follow in 2019. Things are beginning to move really fast. For the commercial vehicle brands, too. The eCrafter from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is to be launched this fall. The first electric city buses from MAN and Scania go into test operation before the end of this year, with series production commencing in 2019. In Mueller's words: "We are putting "˜Roadmap E' on the road. Swiftly and decisively."

Summing up, Mueller said: "In spite of all the challenges, particularly those we are facing in cities, we want to be part of the solution. I am convinced that the Volkswagen Group with its 12 brands is better placed to achieve that than any other mobility group. Because as a group, we have the dimension and the globality to really change things. Because today, we already reflect almost every facet of mobility: from the motorbike to the city bus, from budget to luxury. And because "“ irrespective of all the love of cars that makes us who we are and defines our success "“ we have understood that, ultimately, technology is always only a means to an end."

The Latest News, Brought To You By
Mueller: "We are rethinking all facets of urban mobility with "˜Futures of Mobility.'"
Modified on Tuesday 6th March 2018
Find all articles related to:
Mueller: "We are rethinking all facets of urban mobility with "˜Futures of Mobility.'"
TaaS Technology Magazine
Drive A Fiat 500 Hybrid For Less Than The Cost Of The Daily London Commute
BMW Will Bring New Services And An Update For The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant In July
SEAT To Invest Five Billion Euros In R&D And Electrification By 2025
Siemens Supports Sustainable Urban Transport With EBus Charging Infrastructure In Nuremberg
Emden Plant Embarks On New Era Of E-mobility
Helbiz Continues Global Expansion With Eyes On The UK
Mercedes-Benz Announces Strategic Partnership And Equity Stake In Battery Cell Manufacturer Farasis
Class #5 Of Volkswagen’s Incubator Programme: Five Start-ups Make A Virtual Start To The Next Round
Porsche Leipzig Gets Ready For Electro-mobility
JLR’s Premium Vehicle Subscription ‘Pivotal’ Goes Live
RoboSense LiDAR Partnered With DT Mobile
Markus Duesmann Launches “Artemis” Project
Groupe Renault Launches Charging Solutions For Companies
New Silicon Carbide Power Module For Electric Vehicles
ChargeNow, The Charging Service, Renamed To BMW Charging And MINI Charging
LEVC Starts VN5 Trials With Royal Mail
British Gas Makes Largest UK Commercial EV Order With Vauxhall
EDAG And Hexagon Purus Launch Joint Research Project For A Flexible Hybrid Storage System
SAIC-GM-Wuling Builds Energy Storage Power Station From Retired EV Batteries
World’s First Fuel Cell Heavy-duty Truck
LEVC Protects And Prepares For Production Restart
Lion Electric And Boivin Evolution Announce Initial Sales Of Lion8 Zero Emission Refuse Trucks
Allego HPC Quality Upgrade Programme Commences
Vienna Testing A Hydrogen Bus From Solaris
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.

Please subscribe me to:


You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in: